This Wednesday (19), the Intel announced the next-generation prototype of the thunderbolt. According to the company, in terms of bandwidth, the new connection should be up to three times faster than the current version. The new standard, however, does not yet have an official release date.
According to Intel, the new generation will be able to double data transfer rates when compared to the latest version of the technology, reaching up to 80 Gb/s. Given that it will be based on USB4 2.0, the bandwidth of the upcoming Thunderbolt can also be dynamically rebalanced.
However, when connected to a monitor, for example, data can be transmitted at up to 120 Gb/s, three times faster than Thunderbolt 4 allows. In this way, the new generation will allow up to 8K screens to be displayed without too many problems at higher frame rates.
In terms of compatibility, Intel has promised that the next Thunderbolt will support cables made for its past generations, as well as previous versions of DisplayPort and USB, including USB4 2.0, announced a few days ago.
In addition, the giant also said that the newly announced standard will work with existing passive cables, as long as they are up to 1 meter long. According to the company, this support was thanks to a new signaling technology.
Thunderbolt 5 has already been leaked by former Intel employee
Last year, an Intel executive missed some information about the possible Thunderbolt 5 — if, in fact, it’s called that. Gregory Bryant, the then executive vice president and general manager of the company, posted a photo with alleged features.
At the time, Bryant quickly deleted his post, but the photos had been saved in time. They showed the executive alongside other employees in different areas of Intel’s research and development labs.
One of the leaked advances, therefore, was the transfer speed of up to 80 Gb/s – present in Intel’s announcement this Wednesday. The photos also mentioned a “first-of-its-kind technology”, in which the company would reach greater bandwidths in a simpler and more efficient way.
Even releasing the preview this Wednesday, Intel said that official details about the new Thunderbolt, as well as its name and other features, will only be announced in 2023. When it is officially released, the company has promised to make it ready for manufacturers adopt it on a large scale.